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You never know what you might find packed away in a corner of a garage...
One Minnesota man recently went to his late grandfather's garage, and discovered 64 pounds of mercury, which he tried to sell on-line. That's the equivalent of 30,000 mercury thermometers. The state of Minnesota bought the toxic chemical, to keep it from being released in the open. Carl Herbrandson of the Minnesota Department of Health says the liquid metal can cause a real mess. Mercury has been blamed for brain and nerve damage, which is why the government watches for high levels of it in fish, or from smokestacks.
Some of the best college bass fishermen are in town for two days as part of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Midwest Super Regional. Director Hank Weldon syas these are the best of the best.
The tournament area covers Mississippi River Pools 7 and 8, and the entire area encompasses the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. Coverage of the event will be televised later this year on ESPNU. The Best Western Plus Riverfront is the site for the daily launch and weigh-in. Boats take off at sunrise and begin returning for the weigh-in at 2 p.m. All events are free to the public.
Sirens in Monroe county at noon today shouldn't cause too much of an alarm. The city of Tomah and the Monroe County Communications Center have upgraded radio communications equipment. To ensure the severe weather warning sirens were not affected bt the changes, the sirens will be tested in the city of Tomah at noon.
(AP) For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S. The Census Bureau reports children younger than 1 who are minority has tipped past the 50 percent mark for the first time. In Minnesota, minorities make up about 28 percent of those younger than 1. State demographer Susan Brower says diversity in Minnesota has been increasing at much the same rate as the U.S. overall, but the state began at a much lower level. Minorities make up the majority of the under age 5 population in three Minnesota counties Ramsey, Mahnomen and Nobles. While Mahnomen County has long been predominantly American Indian, Ramsey and Nobles counties have attracted minorities to work in the agriculture industry.
(AP) Minnesota health officials say the state is dealing with a rising number of whooping cough cases this year. The Department of Health says in the first five months of 2012, 670 cases of pertussis were confirmed. That's more than the total number of cases for all of 2011. In the Twin Cities metro, the most populous county, Hennepin, leads the way with 219 cases. Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Thomas Boyce says the hospital usually does about a dozen pertussis tests per week. In the past three weeks, that number has ranged from 41 to 63 tests a week. For infants, whooping cough is potentially fatal, because they aren't fully immunized yet. The ailment spreads through sneezing and coughing.